TPG: 10 things I miss about flying

May 17, 2020

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As someone who usually flies 250,000+ miles and hasn’t been on plane since March 1 due to coronavirus, these last two months being grounded have me itching to get back in the air, just like everyone else here at TPG.

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While I’m using this time to continue to rack up points and miles for and plan my next trip, I’ve also been thinking about the little things — even the usually annoying things! — I miss about being in an airport right now.

Here are 10 aspects of life on the road I’ll welcome with open arms once the time comes.

1. The unmistakable smell of Auntie Anne’s pretzels wafting through the terminal.

You know the smell. (Photo credit: Melanie Lieberman, The Points Guy)

2. The frantic last-call boarding announcements for the person *still drinking* at the airport Chili’s, about to miss their flight to

Ritz Carlton Cancun (Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)
Ready to be back on the beach of the Ritz Carlton Cancun. (Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)

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3. The head-to-toe, rubber-gloved TSA pat down.

(Featured photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
It’s been so long. (Featured photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)

4. The feeling of daggers in my back as I jump to the front of the TSA PreCheck line thanks to my CLEAR status.

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
When it’s time to head back to the airport, avoid long security lines by signing up for expedited security programs such as TSA PreCheck or CLEAR. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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5. The excitement of walking onto a plane with delusions of grandeur, thinking your seatmate is going to be your soul mate — but it’s usually just another tired business traveler.

6. Trying to find the Uber driver — “Are you in the inside lane or the outer lane?!” — and time it *exactly right* to minimize time outside.

Vehicles from Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and taxi cabs enter the LAX-it centralized pickup area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. On Tuesday, Los Angeles International Airport's ban on Uber, Lyft, and taxi curbside pickup went into effect while the airport ramps up work on its modernization program. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
We still don’t miss LAX-it though. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

7. Shopping at Hudson News, trying to find a healthy but delicious snack and coming up empty once again — and just going with mesquite barbecue deep fried potato chips.

Hudson News in Logan International Airport. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
We never thought we’d see the day… yet here we are. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

8. Waiting in endless Starbucks lines, wishing they had mobile ordering in airports.



Delta and Alaska passengers do not have to queue at the airport for their coffee fix as these airlines are now serving Starbucks Coffee in the air. Photo by Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images
When you gotta go, you gotta go — catch a plane, that is. Photo by Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

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9. Eating nuts on a plane as if they are the most exclusive delicacy in the world — even when I don’t really like nuts, but they just taste better warm on a plane.

10. Feeling like Norm from “Cheers” walking into a Centurion Lounge, seeing the friendly check-in agents and countless TPG readers, and knowing I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

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What weird things do you miss most about being in an airport? Let us know in the comments. 

Feature image by Wyatt Smith / The Points Guy.

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